(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)
Five Minute Friday: Find
It’s a vast and exciting world we live in.
How on earth anybody could ever seriously feel bored is foreign territory to my way of thinking.
Places to go, people to meet, books to read, music to hear, foods to try, things to see.
And nearly every community has a magical gateway to begin exploring it all.
From earliest memory and continuing to this day, one of my absolute favorite places in the world is a library.
Stories – real and imagined; basic facts and information; shelves and databases to search for and find the next interesting idea to pursue… It’s all here!
What you find in a library can lead you to new experiences.
It can also allow you to learn about what others experienced before you – and quite possibly allow you to make new sense out of things you have experienced yourself.
This morning I finished reading my latest library book – The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.
As I reflected on today’s Five Minute Friday prompt (FIND), a beautiful line from the book caught my eye.
It describes an old man visiting a new place – a place he has never been, but that calls forth memories from his own past.
“On ancient ground that is new to him…”
You won’t find a better description of a library.